KyotoPlus - papers: <2°C Trajectories.
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While the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol is starting soon, countries prepare for negotiating the second step of common but differentiated targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the period after 2012. The ultimate goal agreed to by basically all nations is to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. Thus, near term action will have to be guided by long-term goals. Policy goals for the long-term have been set by various actors; e.g. the EU’s established its 2°C objective first in 1996. Clearly, such a policy goal is not a “safe level” as a global mean temperature rise up to 2°C already implies serious adverse climate impacts in various regions (Smith et al., 2001; Hare, 2003; ACIA, 2004).
Heinrich Böll Foundation
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adverse effects of climate change
Annex I Parties
Climate Action Network (CAN)